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Offline Don P

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Re: Building a deck
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2007, 11:10:49 PM »
Who was it that was talking about their taxed footage increasing. The shrubbery grew and increased the taped perimeter  ::).
We had one assessor come to a job, I thought he was an appraiser from the bank not the county. I was touring him through pointing out value and extra's, really trying to help with what I presumed to be a homeowners tight situation. Oooops   :-X.

I still attach to and flash against the house. We use treated rims where decks will go and flash against the rim and under the ledger with a z type bend under the ledger. Another flashing goes above the ledger with a z bend over the top edge onto the face about 1/2". The two flashes shingle lap each other on the wall.
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Re: Building a deck
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2007, 11:44:14 PM »
One good reason to fasten the deck to the house is lateral stability.  If it is secured to the house, it ain't gonna wobble.  Wobbles cause weakness, and weakness causes lawsuits.  You can still make it stable without adjoining it, but it takes a whole lot more bracing.

The plans for my house call for a ledger board bolted through the poured lentil with inch bolts.  I'm gonna go them one better and install a pier at each support point.  It is a covered porch, so I won't likely have any water woes, but I'll feel better knowing it is supported better than it has to be.


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Re: Building a deck
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2007, 08:18:07 AM »
That reminds me when we built our last house. I came pulling up and there sat the county assesors car. He was right in the middle of the framing crew with a tape measure. I walked up and asked him what he was up to. Seems he didn't think the blueprints we provided were accurate enought and besides some people change things just to fool them. I asked if he had his insurance rider with him to be on our job. He looked puzzled as I escorted him off the frame and told him not to come back until he had one. :D

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